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Jul 10, 2012 11:00pm EDT
close nine border patrol stations in states like california, montana and texas is causing an uproar tonight. local law enforcement officials say those stations located in towns a few hundred miles from the border provide essential resources to detain illegal immigrants. the administration plans to relocate 41 agents from those stations and place them closer to the southern and northern borders. but does this add up to better border security? our ed lavandera is in amarillo, texas with that story. >> reporter: the border patrol station in amarillo, texas sits on grassy prairie land on the edge of town. it's home to two border patrol agents. the office is hundreds of miles from the border, and might not be much to look at, but potter county sheriff brian thomas says his deputies patrol interstate 40, a major corridor for human smuggling and he counts on the border patrol agents for help. what do you think happens now when you come across a group of illegal immigrants that might be trafficked through your home? >> if we don't have any criminal charges on them, we have to let them go. t
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Jul 9, 2012 9:00am EDT
challenge texas' proposed law that would require voters to show identification. last hour on "starting point" we heard from one texas lawmaker who scoffs at claims that minorities are being unfairly targeted. >> what we really want are people eligible to vote. we want them to get to the polls and register to vote. we don't want those who are dead. we want actual real ballots from real people and this law does that. >> joe johns joins us now. what's the core issue before the court today? >> reporter: this is a texas case and the question in court is about ensuring the integrity of the ballot versus making sure voting rights of minorities are protected. it will be determined by your party affiliation. republicans arguing for a long time now that voter fraud is a big problem. we've heard that argument and so something numerous states have enacted laws that require voters to present photo identification though some have been challenged. democrats say a lot of democratic voters especially segments of the african-american and hispanic populations tend to lack the kinds of photo ide
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Jul 9, 2012 1:00pm EDT
on trial today in washington. this is why texas passed a law in 2011 requiring voters to provide a voter i.d. and many march the obama administration blocked the law saying it is unfair to the minority voters and then texas sued the government saying that the motives are political. the trial starts today and a real test of the voting rights act of 1965 which essentially safeguards minority voting rights. i want to bring in ryan haygood who is director of the participation group at the naacp fund and first of all, talk about, ryan, the core issue here that people want to know. they are getting it of ensuring the integrity of the ballot that people should be able to vote. >> sure. thank you for having me on the show, suzanne. what is the what is at issue is three judges in texas will be considering if the voter i.d. law will affect the voting rights. our naacp legal defense fund represents three young students who had voted in previous elections using the only form of i.d. they had, student i.d., and texas' proposed law does not allow for the use of student i.d., but curiously will f
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Jul 10, 2012 2:00am EDT
independents in the wealthy suburbs in this country. thanks very much to john avlon. >>> texas fought for its voter i.d. law in court today which could keep more than one million people from voting. we'll tell you why it may hold up in court. >>> a mysterious illness has killed dozens of children in cambodia. we first brought you that report last week. tonight on the scene live, what that deadly illness might be. >>> and george zimmerman is in a safe house and we're going to tell you who's actually paying the bill. the postal service is critical to our economy, delivering mail, medicine and packages. yet the house is considering a bill to close thousands of offices, slash service and layoff over 100,000 workers. the postal service is recording financial losses, but not for reasons you might think. the problem ? a burden no other agency or company bears. a 2006 law that drains $5 billion a year from post office revenue while the postal service is forced to overpay billions more into federal accounts. house bill 2309 is not the answer. do you have any idea where you're going ? wherever
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Jul 7, 2012 12:00pm EDT
something about the 21 of the 111 state prisons in texas. i think the three-judge panel is going to say, gary, it is cruel and unusual punishment, 126 degrees, 143 degrees, it's time to do something about that. >> richard, prison officials accuse or accused of not providing enough fans, ventilation, water, refusing to follow local and national prison standards. a texas law requires counties to maintain temperatures between 65 and 85 degrees. this is what's interesting the law does not apply to state prisons, right? >> does not apply to state prisons. i don't think that the circuit court is going to come down as hard as avery thinks. they may make some remedial suggestions to provide fans, but this is texas. don't mess with texas. very, very tough sentencing state. you know, i don't know what percentage of people in texas have fully air conditioned homes. these individuals are incarcerated. there's a purpose for incarceration. deterrence, protect the public. should be a just punishment. i understand that. but whether it really rises to the level, this gentleman was 345 pounds. his bo
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Jul 25, 2012 8:00pm EDT
that tops the list. >> thank you so much. a town in texas that is all about bikinis "the ridiculist" is next. ♪ you want to save money on car insurance? no problem. you want to save money on rv insurance? no problem. you want to save money on motorcycle insurance? no problem. you want to find a place to park all these things? fuggedaboud it. this is new york. hey little guy, wake up! aw, come off it mate! geico. saving people money on more than just car insurance. >>> time for the "ridiculist." there's a sports bar franchise in texas called bikinis. i would imagine it's some kind of memorial on the government's nuclear test. no? it's an imaginative alternate universe where women in bikinis serve bacon, cheese burgers and beer. they have fried oreos on the menu. mmm, oreos. you wou you would think the guy who owns it would be sitting on top of the world. but the eno'er of bikinis is not content to rest on those laur laurels. he had new trails to blaze. so he bought a town in texas and renamed it bikinis. it's not actually a town, per say. the area is a couple of acres, an old build
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Jul 4, 2012 7:00am EDT
cemetery in texas. why they are not letting old glory fly on veterans graves. that is our get real. ryan lizza's play list, flaming lips. "it's summertime." homicide of young people in america has an impact on all of us. how can we save these young people's lives? as a police chief, i have an opportunity to affect what happens in a major city. if you want to make a difference, you have to have the right education. university of phoenix opened the door. my name is james craig, i am committed to making a difference, and i am a phoenix. visit phoenix.edu to find the program that's right for you. enroll now. male spirit present.trong it's the priceline negotiator. >>what? >>sorry. he wants you to know about priceline's new express deals. it's a faster way to get a great hotel deal without bidding. pick one with a pool, a gym, a great guest rating. >>and save big. >>thanks negotiator. wherever you are. ya, no. he's over here. >>in the refrigerator? [ male announcer ] we believe small things can make a big difference. like how a little oil from here can be such a big thing in an old frie
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Jul 26, 2012 1:00am EDT
the years but that tops the list. >> thank you so much. a town in texas that is all about bikinis "the ridiculist" is next. [ bell tolls ] agents, say hello to the biggest hailstone in u.s. history. oh, that will leave a dent. which is exactly why we educate people... about comprehensive coverage. yep. the right choice now can pay off later. looks like a bowling ball. yeah. oh! agents, say hello to the second-biggest hailstone in u.s. history. [ announcer ] we are insurance. ♪ we are farmers bum-pa-dum, bum-bum-bum-bum ♪ >>> time for the "ridiculist." i don't know whether you're aware of this, but there's a sports bar franchise in texas called "bikinis." i'm not personally familiar with the establishment, but i would imagine it's some kind of theme restaurant involving the history of the nuclear weapons tests in the 1940s. no? oh? no. it's an imaginative alternate universe where women in bikinis serve bacon cheeseburgers and beer. basically it's hooters without the uniforms. one other major difference, they have fried oreos on the menu. mmm, oreos. you would think the guy who
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Jul 21, 2012 8:00am EDT
moved to denver from texas, randi, where she was trying to become a sports caster, an aspiring journalist who no doubt would have had a tremendous impact on our field. and ironically enough, she was in toronto last month when a mall shooting broke out there. she survived that attack. her mother earlier, yesterday, spoke to our affiliate in san antonio, giving an emotional interview about her daughter. >> i'll never have her to hug again or get a text message again or get a funny facebook picture. that's the hard part right now. just knowing those are things that i'm never going to get to experience again. i was blessed, only for 25 years, but i was blessed. >> now, cnn is continuing to make calls this morning, trying to independently confirm those names for our viewers. and just a reminder to our viewers, the youngest victim being a 4-month-old baby that was treated and released. also included, yesterday, barbara starr, cnn pentagon correspondent, finding that four servicemen, in fact, two airmen and two sailors, one who's still unaccounted for, were also victims in that shooti
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Jul 10, 2012 5:00am EDT
agency from punishing him for the allegations of doping violations, but a texas judge struck down the suit and then chewed out arm trong's lawyers saying the complaint was jam-packed with legally irrelevant complaints solely designed to increase media coverage of this case. >>> [ bleep ]. >> a nasty brawl breaking out in a florida courtroom between the family of two murdered brothers and the suspect's familiar. it happened after a hearing on florida's stand your ground gun laws was canceled, the same law in the middle of trayvon martin shooting case. one of the victim's friends left on a stretcher after this brawl, possibly with a broken jaw. the defendant's father and stepfather were taken awe in handcuffs. >>> prince, your home run king. detroit tiger prince fielder won the home run derby last night in kansas city, which will host the major league baseball all-star game tonight. justin verlander will start for the american league. matt cain for the national league. and the league that wins gets home field advantage in the world series. >>> a break from the heat comes at a price.
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Jul 18, 2012 1:00pm EDT
going into the el nino pattern which brought lots of moisture into texas, so it's very a very good sign that we are going into the el nino right now, and very likely in the winter we may see the conditions improving. >> thank you, chad. we appreciate it. >>> it is not just the farmers getting hit by the drought. we will feel the effects of the grocery bills and alison kosik is joining us. where do we expect to see the higher prices? >> well, at the meat counter and dairy. because corn that is affected by the drought is going to the feed to feed the chicken and the pig and if it is more expensive to feed them, it is going to roll downhill that the food coming from the animals is going to cost more. that means that the average cost of beef which rang up at $4.35 a pound last year, could jump more than .40 this year, but remember, it would not happen overnight, and maybe we would see this sort of happen maybe at the end of this year, and fwe gining of next year, and it is, suzanne, the farmers who will feel the impact more than the average consumer. one of the analysts at bank of amer
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Jul 25, 2012 5:00am EDT
most successful sitcoms. no word on what caused his death at his home in el paso, texas. sherman hemsley, an indelible mark. he was 74. >> always wondered what was going to come out of his mouth. >>> eight minutes past the hour. the senate votes this afternoon on competing plans to extend the bush era tax cuts. we keep on talking about this. the democratic plan would extend the cuts for couples making less than $250,000 a year. individuals making under $200,000. republicans want to extend the tax cuts for all taxpayers, including the wealthiest americans. neither proposal is expected to pass. >> so nothing will happen. at the end of the day, nothing changes. >> nothing changes. >> welcome to washington, everyone. >>> you have to look at this video. because it looks like something sinister. see for yourself. surveillance video from a supermarket showing a man, it looks like a man putting a woman into the trunk of a car. coming up, we're going to tell you what police say is really happening in this video. [ female announcer ] imagine skin so healthy, it never gets dry again. can yo
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Jul 11, 2012 9:00am EDT
holder took on the proposed texas voter i.d. law. federal judges are reviewing that proposal this week after the justice department blocked it. holder says the proposal would be discriminatory. >> under the proposed law, concealed handgun licenses would be acceptable forms of photo i.d. but student i.d.s would not. many of those without i.d.s would have to travel great distances to get them. and some would struggle to pay for the documents they might need to obtain them. we call those poll taxes. >> holder said studies show 1/4 of voting aged african-americans do not have government-issued photo i.d.s. that compares to 8% of voting-aged whites. >>> now "daily show"? "jersey shore" jitters? here's why. >> this is a bad situation. >> it's like the end of civilization. >> tonight, direct tv is getting rid of mtv. >> really? >> nickleodeon. >> what? >> we're doomed! >> comedy central. >> no! >> that's so sad. >> can we see just the disturbing part again? >> bet. >> what? >> we have to stop the show. hold on, hold on, hold on. >> and more. >> that is the reality for direct tv viewers this m
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Jul 1, 2012 12:00pm EDT
... austin, texas... we are all here to represent the country we love this is for everyone back home it's go time. across america, we're all committed to team usa. in that time there've been some good days. and some difficult ones. but, through it all, we've persevered, supporting some of the biggest ideas in modern history. so why should our anniversary matter to you? because for 200 years, we've been helping ideas move from ambition to achievement. and the next great idea could be yours. ♪ trouble with a car insurance claim. [ voice of dennis ] switch to allstate. their claim service is so good, now it's guaranteed. [ normal voice ] so i can trust 'em. unlike randy. are you in good hands? >>> it's an article of faith in 2012 that the election will turn on how the economy is doing. more correctly, on how voters think the economy is doing. it's not that easy to figure out or economists say the plans are mixed. first time unemployment claim were down this week, but the week before, they matched the highest of the year. record high mortgage rates pugged it to the best in two years but con
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Jul 27, 2012 12:00pm EDT
rink for the first time. at 12-year-olds, marlen esparza, the young girl from texas is poised to become a star. we take up her story. ♪ >> when you beat somebody in the ring, you are not just beating them up or something. you are like beating the entire symbolism of them. you are beating who they are. >> reporter: marlen esparza's early mornings start with math, how much to eat. how far to run. how many pounds, sprints, crunches, and how many endless hours of training will it take to win? why are you here everyday? >> i want to win. this is my life and this is what i do. like, i can honestly say that this is who i am. right here, you are with me, and this is what i do. >> reporter: esparza trains in a gym along a lonely stretch of houston's i-10. coach rudy silva took charge of her life when she was just 12. she is now 22. is she allowed to have a boyfriend? >> no. >> reporter: is she allowed to party on the weekends? >> no. >> reporter: is she allowed to take a few days off and not train because she is worn out? >> no. >> reporter: that is a lot of noes. >> yes. >> marlen espa
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Jul 29, 2012 2:00am EDT
corner. and her father. >> out of the red corner, marlen esparza, houston, texas. out of the blue corner, christina cruz, new york, new york. >> reporter: marlen comes out swinging. then lets christina run. >> come on, christina! >> there you go! >> yes! >> your winner, out of the red corner, marlen esparza, houston, texas. >> you beat her easy, man. easy. easy. >> because i was like, man, i was like, if i lose to the same person in a row, when i've never lost to anybody twice in my life. >> my timing was a little off. towards the later rounds, i was getting tired. she put more pressure on me. this time she waited a little, which i didn't expect. >> reporter: how did it feel? >> it felt really good. i think after she beat me, a lot of people were thinking maybe i'm not the one that's going to win anymore. and i think after that one, it was kind of like, it was just an accident. it was just a mistake. >> anybody checking in to vip? >> welcome to the 2011 usa boxing national championships. >> after i beat christina, i was done. i was like, i won. i kept having to tell myself, marlen
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Jul 21, 2012 7:30am EDT
texas home to denver after begging her parents to let her pursue her dream job. >> it looks like you got hit with a puck. >> reporter: she'd been looking forward to this big night. jessica's close high school friend brent lowic was visiting her to share a special screening of this batman movie together. brent was shot in the backside and also suffered shrapnel wuds. his father says he's undergone surgery, though still has major injuries. active on twitter, jessica's last tweet came around midnight, saying, "movie doesn't start for 20 minutes." she had narrowly escaped tragedy just a month ago. a sad irony, her brother and friends tell us she was at the eaton center toronto mall, visiting her boyfriend, jay, a minor league hockey player, when a shooting broke out in the mall food court, just three minutes after jessica left it. she recounted the horror on her blog. "i was reminded that we don't know when or where our time on earth will end. when or where we will breathe our last breath. i say all the time that every moment we have to live our life is a blessing. i know i truly und
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Jul 15, 2012 12:00pm EDT
... bloomington, california... austin, texas... we are all here to represent the country we love this is for everyone back home it's go time. across america, we're all committed to team usa. 100% natural ingredients like roasted peanuts, creamy peanut butter, and a rich dark chocolate flavor. plus, 10 grams of protein. so it's energy straight from nature to you. nature valley protein bars. >>> joining me now virginia republican governor bob mcdonnell and democratic governor deval patrick. thank you both, governors, for being here. there's a lot of talk in washington these days about the fiscal cliff and part of that fiscal cliff is huge cuts in the defense department, and for you, governor, you are number two in the states that it is estimated by the national association of manufacturers will lose almost 115,000 jobs if these defense cuts go through. at what point do you begin to try to figure out what that's -- what the fiscal cliff, if we go off it, will begin to affect virginia? >> well, we're very concerned about it. deval i think in massachusetts is the fifth largest potential loser
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Jul 23, 2012 7:00pm EDT
understand that she's going to be cremated and then you're going to carry her remains back to texas. how's the family planning to honor jessica? >> like you said, i'm working on getting my sister's remains back. i'm not going to leave her side until we give her a proper service. we're going to plan on bringing her back to san antonio, 10:00 a.m., saturday at a local church and we're going to celebrate her life. we're going to have people come out and talk about it and share stories and reminisce and discuss what we can do to sustain her legacy and provide her dream and make it available to others. >> jordan ghawi, thank you again. best of luck to you. >> thank you, don, for keeping this story before everyone. >> of course, thank you very much. >>> following the shooting here, new york city mayor michael bloomberg called on president obama and mitt romney to do something about gun violence. and tonight, mayor bloomberg has some new questions for the two. "outfront" next. talk to your doctor about viagra. ask if your heart is healthy enough for sex. do not take viagra if you take nitrates fo
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Jul 16, 2012 8:00pm EDT
, california... austin, texas... we are all here to represent the country we love this is for everyone back home it's go time. across america, we're all committed to team usa. >>> two girls, cousins, went out on their bikes on friday. and have vanished in to thin air it seems. thousands of people are searching for them. unless you have the right perspective. bny mellon wealth management has the vision and experience to look beyond the obvious. we'll uncover opportunities, find hidden risk, and make success a reality. bny mellon wealth management >>> welcome back. a new mom, lana kuykendall. she received a terrifying diagnosis. her body was under attack by what's known as flesh eating bacter bacteria. forced her to undergo more than 0 operations. spent weeks in rehabs. and leave newborns in the care of family and friends. now her doctors say she's finally ready to go home. it's an extraordinary story. cnn senior medical correspondent elizabeth cohen is live in greenville, south carolina. she spoke with lana kuykendall. take me through what happened to lana. just home from giving birth. notic
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Jul 27, 2012 10:00pm EDT
had earned a master's degree in counseling. he's survived by two younger brothers. 32-year-old texas native rebecca wingo has two young girls. she joined the air force after high school. fluent in chinese, she served as a translator before moving to colorado. >> the sweetest smile you ever seen. she got prettier as she grew older. in the blink of an eye, something happens and completely changes everyone's life forever. >> reporter: in the blink of an eye, everyone's life can change forever. little veronica moser-sullivan's life had only just begun. the youngest of all the victims. she was just 6 years old. a vibrant little girl. she'd just learned to swim. a swimsuit, stuffed animals and candles now surround the cross placed in veronica's memory. tom and karen teves lost a son, alex, who was killed while shielding his girlfriend from gunfire. alex died a hero on monday, his father faced the suspect in court and saw, in his own words, a coward. i spoke with them monday night. >> i'm so sorry for your loss. i mean, it sounds like such a hollow thing to say. how are you holding up? >> w
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Jul 17, 2012 1:00am EDT
sandwiches served on four separate delta airlines flights. >>> plus, how a texas man found his car more than four decades after it was stolen. next. i'm barack obama and i approve this message. [romney singing]: oh beautiful, for spacious skies, for amber waves of grain, for purple mountains majesty, above the fruited plain, america, america, god shed his grace on thee, and crowned thy good, with brotherhood... >>> i'm susan hendricks with a 360 news and business bulletin. >>> suing needles were found on four sandwiches on four different flights. delta is cooperating with the fbi and local authorities. >>> a texas man whose car was stolen 42 years ago finally has it back. it's a 197 austin healey sports car. he would scour the internet to see if someone tried to set that car. he finally traced it to a dealership in los angeles. >>> coming up, who would dare to pull the plug on a jam session between a boss and the beatle. the ridiculist is next. ask me. [ male announcer ] if you think even the best bed can only lie there... ask me what it's like when my tempur-pedic moves. [ male an
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Jul 15, 2012 10:00am EDT
earliest version of the large haldron collider, built in texas. we spent $12 billion on it. after the cold war we decided we didn't need to compete with the soviets anymore. at the cost of $600 million, we decommissioned the whole thing. >> yeah. this is congress. and your next question? are you surprised by this? yeah. it was quite frustrating. in the 1980s, there was the build-up of the excitement that we superconducting materials were coming of age. and when you make very powerful magnets that bend the path of these particles into the circle, you can increase the power of the magnets by using super-conducting material. material science was finally coming of age. and -- plus, you need a huge range -- you can't do that in rhode island. you need a state big enough to put it in. so in waxahachie, texas, we started digging a hole to put the super-conducting supercollider. was scheduled to be three times the energy of what they've got now over in -- three times the energy. budgets were allocated. holes were dug, engineering plans were drawn up. and the construction had already begun. ear
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Jul 21, 2012 11:00am EDT
#ripjessica. she was an aspiring sports broadcaster, an aspiring reporter who had moved from texas within the last year. she died after taking a bullet to her head, according to witnesses there. her dream of becoming a sports broadcaster cut tragically short. ironically, also, she was on scene in toronto last month when a mall shooting broke out there. she survived that only to perish in aurora. randi? >> nick, thank you for that. certainly trying to pay tribute to those that we've lost. such disturbing stories. nick valencia, thank you very much. right now the fire department, the atf and several other agencies are on the scene at the suspect's apartment, james holmes' apartment. we have some live pictures for you from our affiliate kcnc at the apartment, which is only about four miles away from where i am here at the movie theater, where the shooting occurred. poppy harlow is at the suspect's apartment. poppy, tell us what's happening there right now. >> reporter: well, randi, as you took live the police presser here that just happened less than an hour ago, what they are doing n
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Jul 7, 2012 11:00am EDT
, california... austin, texas... we are all here to represent the country we love this is for everyone back home it's go time. across america, we're all committed to team usa. >>> welcome back. it is the celebrity breakup heard around the world, and people are still talking about tom cruise and katie holmes' split. holmes filed for divorce and wants custody of their daughter, but she hasn't really said what led to the decision to walk away from cruise. some say it may have had to do with his religion, scientology. that has also brought more attention to the church and its practices. we're focusing on scientology a bit this morning. the beliefs, the celebrities and the money. but first, there are many misconceptions about scientology, so we thought that we would try and clear some of those up for you. their religion was started by author l. ron hubbard in the 1950s and has grown from there. earlier, i spoke with dan gilgoff, co-editor of cnn.com's belief blog, and i asked when scientology finally got final approval from the government. >> scientology is a relatively new religion. first churc
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Jul 8, 2012 9:00pm EDT
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Jul 10, 2012 4:00pm EDT
. larry in texas writes he ended efforts in iraq, got bin laden, passed health care law. all thing considered over the last two years with the republicans main goal to destroy everything in order to defeat him, i give him an a plus. and another, loose change. most people all over the world are now counting their pennies. if you want to read more on the subject, go to the blog cnn.com/caffertyfile. or through our post on "the situation room" facebook page. that concludes the segment. i'm sitting down. >> sit down, please. you are sitting right now. >> i am. >> appreciate it. >>> you're going to stick around. i want you to see this next report though. her identity is unknown, but many believe her recent appearance besides the new leader of north korea is rather significant. we have new information. and the miles are piling up. a marathon diplomatic mission for the secretary of state hillary clinton. is she feeling the strain? great shot. how did the nba become the hottest league on the planet? by building on the cisco intelligent network they're able to serve up live video, and insta
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Jul 18, 2012 3:00pm EDT
celebration happening in texas. governor rick perry and his family are moving back to the governor's mansion in austin after four years of repairs that cost $25 million. a molotov cocktail in 2008 caused the fire and damage. the mansion had no sprinklers then but it does now along with state-of-the-art fire protection. that's it for me. mr. wolf blitzer in "the situation room" takes it over right now. wolf. >>> don, thanks very much. happening now, israel pointing a finger at iran after today's deadly bombing aboard a bus full of israeli tourists visiting bulgaria. israel's ambassador to the united states joins me live here this hour. >>> also, another bomb takes out four top members of the syrian regime. in my exclusive interview with jordan's king ab doll la, he says we are getting to the level of a full-out civil war. three of the republican party's biggest stars campaigning today in one very, very important state. i'm wolf blitzer. you're in "the situation room." >>> we begin this hour with tensions ratcheting up between israel and iran. a bomb went off just as israeli tourists boarded a
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Jul 21, 2012 4:00am EDT
texas home to denver, after begging her parents to let her pursue her dream job. she had been looking forward to this big night. her high school friend was visiting her to share a special screaming of this movie together. brent and jessica were very close, he said. brent was shot in the back side and also suffered shap nel wound. he's undergone surnlry but still has major injuries though is not in critical condition. active on twitter, jessica's last tweet came around midnight saying movie doesn't start for 20 minutes. she had narrowly he skapd tragedy just a month ago, a sad irony, her brother and friends tell us she was at the eden center toronto mall visiting her boyfriend jay when a shooting broke out in the mall food court just three minutes after she left it. she recounted the horror on her blog. >> i was reminded that we don't know when or where our time on earth will end, when are where we will breathe our last breath. we have to live our life as a blessing. i know i truly zmand how blessed i am for each second i'm given. >> earlier this evening i spoke with jessica's brother,
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Jul 26, 2012 10:00pm EDT
. somebody described him as a true texas gentleman. what do you want people to know about him? what was he like? >> my dad taught me what it meant to be a man. he was -- he was a father first and last. and always. that was -- that was just what he was all about. we were trying to go through and figure out for the sake of the eulogy and such what he was and what he was into. but, really, it was just, well, he had -- he had us four kids. and that was just the life that he lived. and what he was all about. >> you guys were the focus of his life. >> yes. that was just -- he was a dad. >> brook, your last days with your dad included some really special memories i understand. >> yes, sir. actually, hours before we went to the premiere, he and i had recently declared ourselves running buddies. we went to a local park where there was a concert going on and we actually danced at that concert and, i mean, i'll remember that dance for a very long time so -- >> you know, weston, we've been trying to just give family members the opportunity just to talk about who they lost and what those people
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Jul 29, 2012 1:00am EDT
memories will be of a 51-year-old man who one friend called a true texas gentlemen who loved life and his family. a quick-witted world traveler with a keen sense of humor. rebecca wingo, a hardworking single mother, wingo juggled the challenge of working while raising two young daughters. after 11 years, the 32-year-old was studying to help foster children and friends say she did it with a smile that lit up the room. jessica ghawi is whose smile is familiar to many. she was the first victim identified. her boyfriend remembers. >> i guess like a firecracker. she was exploding with personality and charisma and happiness. >> an aspiring sportscaster, she used the last name redfield on the air. fiery red hair and electric personality made those close to her know she would be a star some day. >> no doubt she would have done it and been someone the world would have known for a different reason. >> jessica like 11 others will now be remembered because the unimaginable happened. for those left behind, there is mourning. a fight to find meaning and a search for some kind of peace that drov
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Jul 29, 2012 7:00pm EDT
degrees. that is the forecast going through thursday. >>> and take a look in texas, a memorial service held today for 15 victims of a rollover crash. that truck was filled with undocumented immigrants. customs enforcements agents say they were from guatemala, honduras and mexico. the cause of the accident, well, a damaged front right tire is being blamed. >>> and an image that has become too familiar. movie theatre turned into a murder scene. the colorado suspect linked to the mass shooting spree is going to be in court tomorrow. james holmes expected to be formally charged with 12 counts of first degree murder among other charges. police say holmes killed 12 people at the theatre. 58 others were injured when he opened fire. court documents show he was a patient of a psychiatrist at the university of colorado, where he was attending school, had been attending school, before the attack. >>> well, before aurora, there was columbine. the school shooting in 1999 also outside denver. it killed 12 students and one teacher. two students were blamed in that attack. craig scott was wounded. his
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Jul 21, 2012 9:00pm EDT
... austin, texas... we are all here to represent the country we love this is for everyone back home it's go time. across america, we're all committed to team usa. it doesn't look risky. i mean, phil, does this look risky to you? nancy? fred? no. well it is. in a high-risk area, there's a 1-in-4 chance homes like us will flood. i'm glad i got flood insurance. fred, you should look into it. i'm a risk-taker. [ female announcer ] only flood insurance covers floods. visit floodsmart.gov/risk to learn your risk. >>> one of my special guests, justice scalia and his co-author, brian garner. justice scalia, you had very strong opinions about this at the tierm. why were you so violently opposed to it? >> i wouldn't say violently. i'm a peaceful man. adamantly opposed. basically, because the theory that was expounded to impose that decision was a theory that does not make any sense. and that is, namely, the theory of substantive due prosays. there's a clause in the constitution that says no person shall be proo deprived of life, or the pursuit of happiness without due process. >> my court in recent y
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Jul 19, 2012 2:00am EDT
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Jul 25, 2012 12:00am EDT
baltimore south carolina... bloomington, california... austin, texas... we are all here to represent the country we love this is for everyone back home it's go time. across america, we're all committed to team usa. >>> i am flying to london to cover the olympics and sit down with world leaders tomorrow. i will talk with tony blair and the former president of pakistan. on thursday met ronnie and his wife and the talks about his run for the white house and his record of the salt lake city olympics. on monday the london olympics with an interview of one of the great olympians of all time. michael phelps talks about his goals, the games, his heroes and when that infamous photo of him surfaced. >> when you knew that picture was coming up, how did you feel? >> not to give. >> what is that feeling like? >> like the worst in all world. >> the worst thing was having to tell your mother. i can relate to that. i can imagine the conversation. at a to get through that? had to brace yourself for that? >> i think my mom has always been hell all moms are. they're very supportive of their children and 1
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Jul 17, 2012 4:00pm EDT
his candidacy. >> reporter: so in two places at once, texas in person, pennsylvania on tv, the president launched a blistering attack on his opponent. first on his time at bain capital. >> he made money investing in companies that have been called pioneers of outsourcing. i don't want pioneers of outsourcing in the white house. i want somebody who believes in insourcing. >> reporter: then in the new ad on releasing more of his personal taxes. >> makes you wonder if some years he paid any taxes at all. we don't know because romney's released just one full year of his tax returns. >> reporter: the battle for pennsylvania cannot be understated even though democrats in presidential races have held the state since 1992 and president obama won by ten points in 2008, the keystone state appears to be in play. where the former massachusetts governor was holding a rally standing in front of a sign that read "obama's upside down economy." >> he's got no new ideas for getting the economy going. he's got no one to blame. he's out of touch with what's happening in the country. >> reporter: b
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Jul 17, 2012 3:00pm EDT
getting ugly. >> reporter: certainly right. the fireworks today. the president was in texas attending a total of fundraisers trying to camp up in the campaign cash. some of those were with small donors, others with big names like tv star eva longoria. but today was more about money. the president was also going after his opponent, mitt romney, for more details about his personal finances. it won't help
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Jul 28, 2012 3:00pm EDT
girlfriend from gunfire, and an aspiring sports reporter jessica ghawi from texas. powerful words from ghawi's brother during her service in san antonio today. >> i just wanted to leave with you two things. if this coward could is done this with this much hate, imagine what we can do with this much love. and the other thing is if you're putting your dreams on hold, you stop that right now. you chase those dreams. you don't know how long you have here. >> all three of the victims memorialized today were in their 20s. >>> and tonight at 8:00, cnn's don lemon host as special report madness at midnight, the search for answers in aurora. >>> now to travels overseas for mitt romney. he just landed in tel aviv after taking a charter flight from england. he's hoping to redeem himself after some rather embarrassing gaffes in london. the british media had a field day after romney appeared to question whether they were ready to host the games. they even dubbed him mitt the twit. and now to a remembrance of 9/11. on that day, 40 passengers and crew members of flight 93 died when their hijacked pla
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Jul 4, 2012 4:00pm EDT
, focus let's do this i am from baltimore south carolina... bloomington, california... austin, texas... we are all here to represent the country we love this is for everyone back home it's go time. across america, we're all committed to team usa. [ male announcer ] ok, so you're no marathon man. but thanks to the htc one x from at&t, with its built in beats audio, every note sounds amazingly clear. ...making it easy to get lost in the music... and, well... rio vista?!! [ male announcer ] ...lost. introducing the musically enhanced htc one x from at&t. rethink possible. >>> panic, chaos, people running for their lives trying to escape the concordia cruise ship after it struck rocks and turned on its side. that's what some of the survivors are sharing with us about the night the disaster hit and almost took their lives. our senior international correspondent, dan rivers, has been digging into why the ship capsized and why 32 people died. >> reporter: when the order to abandon ship was given, hector perez and sahim khan were at a . the crew member with access to the boat told passengers
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Jul 22, 2012 12:00am EDT
, texas... we are all here to represent the country we love this is for everyone back home it's go time. across america, we're all committed to team usa. there it is ! there it is ! where ? where ? it's getting away ! where is it ? it's gone. we'll find it. any day can be an adventure. that's why we got a subaru. love wherever the road takes you. wow, there it is. legalzoom has an easy and affordable option. you get quality services on your terms, with total customer support, backed by a 100% satisfaction guarantee. so go to legalzoom.com today and see for yourself. . >>> my special guest, justice antonin scalia and his coauthor. let's turn to row v wade. you had very strong opinions about this at the time. i know you do now. why were you so violently opposed to it? >> i wouldn't say violently. i'm a peaceful man. adamant lly opposed. basically because the theory that was expounded to impose that decision was a theory that does not make any sense. that is namely the theory of substantive due process. there is a due process clause in the constitution that said no person shall be deprived
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Jul 20, 2012 11:00am EDT
career and do what she wanted to do? >> is she from colorado? >> no, she's from texas. >> just before i left you go, did her mother say anything to you that she wanted folks to know how she wants her daughter to be remembered, i mean that's incredible that mom even had the energy to talk with you, peter. >> and she just said that she wanted to tell the story, and jessica was amazing person, and she was so vibrant on twitter and it's a weird way to kind of remember, but trending right now is the r.i.p. jessica on twitter, she was found on twitter@jessica wrenfield. she was at the mall shootings just about a month ago when that happened and blogged about it. any way that we can keep her name out there and like i said, the more we can celebrate those lives of victims that did this is a better day. >> peter burns, thanks so much for calling in, i really appreciate it. >> thank you. >> all morning we have been talking to people who were sitting in those theater seats and we're hearing a story of pure horror. >> we heard gunshots and like little explosions going on and a little after
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Jul 29, 2012 4:00am EDT
. their memories will be of a 51-year-old man who one friend called a true texas gentleman who loved life and his family. a keen sense of humor. rebecca wingo. the 32 was back at the school and studying to help foster children and friends say she did it with a smile that lit up the room. jessica ghawi. her smile is familiar to many. she was the first name we heard when she was the first victim identified. boyfriend jay mayoff remembers. >> i guess like a fire cracker, she was exploding with personality and charisma. >> reporter: a 24-year-old sportscaster she used the last name of redfield on air. it was her fiery red hair and electric personality that made close to her know that she would be a star one day. >> i have no doubt in my mind she would have done it and she would have been someone that the whole world would have known for a different reason. >> reporter: but jessica, like 11 others, will now be remembered because the unimaginable happened. for those left behind, there is mourning, a fight to find meaning, and a search for some kind of peace. a search that drove jessica gha
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Jul 15, 2012 1:00am EDT
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Jul 17, 2012 8:00pm EDT
gohmert from texas. this is not the first time that congressman gohmert has spoken about dangerous conspiracies without providing concrete evidence. he was sounding alarm -- excuse me, 2010, he was sounding alarm over what we termed terror babies. making this explosive claim that pregnant foreigners were coming to america to give birth to future terrorists. babies with u.s. citizenship under the 14th amendment who would then be taken back to the middle east, raised for about 20 years, trained overseas as terrorists, and then be able to come back to the united states because they had u.s. passports. insidious, right? the in a speech on the house floor, congressman gohmert presented all this as fact. say a former fbi agent told him the fbi had been looking into this problem. he cited a second source. a hamas-loving grandmother on a plane in the middle east. naturally, i had a lot of questions for the congressman. did you bring it to the attention of the fbi -- >> -- on the -- she brought it to my attention on an airplane -- having flown together and she brought that to my attention.
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Jul 13, 2012 3:00pm EDT
bank. no nonsense. just people sense. >>> heavy rain in southeast texas is causing flooding that's trapping people in their homes and cars. downtown houston is getting pretty hammered there. three inches of rain fell in three hours, just today alone. some streets are closed by high water and causing major flooding on the major freeways there. they're under a flash flood warning and they're asking people who don't have to travel to stay put. how long are we talking about with this rain? >> the rain is almost over, the flooding is of the over. just because the rain stops doesn't mean the water is going to stop going up. the rain is uphill somewhere, it has to run down hill. maybe you got only five or ten inches not the 13 or 14 that the cypress creek caused. so that creek has to go somewhere. we will finally see the rainfall get done here, here's today, moving up toward later on today, it finally does slow down. i promise it's going to stop. but here's the problem, fred, here's what's already happened, i'll draw it out for you, here's 25, here's i-10, here's houston, here's houston p
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Jul 1, 2012 4:00pm EDT
carolina... bloomington, california... austin, texas... we are all here to represent the country we love this is for everyone back home it's go time. across america, we're all committed to team usa. >>> one man's faith head him to turn his back on a very successful career in the health care industry. wendell potter wrote about his experience in this book "deadly spin". we spoke last in 2009 shortly after you left your 20 year career. you were the spokesperson for a major insurance company. you told me at that time that you were part of the effort to kill health care reform when they tried that time around. i'm wondering what your thoughts are now in the wake of the supreme court decision to uphold the affordable care act. >> it's a great relief. i felt the supreme court would uphold it because i felt it was constitutional. it was a big relief. i was beginning to believe the conventional wisdom that it would be overturned. it is a very big first step. >> let's talk about your step, the big step you made not that many years ago when you went to tennessee to visit your parents and you saw s
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Jul 2, 2012 3:00pm EDT
mountain high ♪ ♪ all my exes live in texas born on the bayou [ female announcer ] the perfect song for everywhere can be downloaded almost anywhere. ♪ i'm back, back in the new york groove ♪ [ male announcer ] the nation's largest 4g network. covering 2,000 more 4g cities and towns than verizon. rethink possible. >>> you can call it what you want, an economic storm or a looming recession. ali says congress needs to act and act quickly if the united states is going to avoid another washington showdown over the economy. >> i have been telling you about the economic storm that's making its way to our shores from europe where the blow back could hit america at hurricane strength from asia where jchina and india are stalling and from washington where politics could push america over a fiscal cliff if congress doesn't act. legislation needs to be passed now to head off a series of tax increases and spending cuts that are mandated to take effect on january 1st because congress couldn't come up with a proper deal to raise the nation's debt limit last year. that's the ridiculous comprom
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